This week’s program features a conversation with Dr. Charles Whitehill, president of Highland Arts Unlimited. Highland Arts begins its 47th season with a free concert by Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum bands, Thursday, August 22, 6:30 PM at Church-McKee Arts Center. The show includes some Pan Jammin’ Caribbean Christmas music to cool you off on these hot August days. The show is on the radio Friday at noon, Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:00, or click below to hear the podcast.
Mountain Streams Radio was proud to be a media sponsor of the First Annual Minco Music Heritage Festival, celebrating the musical heritage of Mineral County West Virginia, from June 17 through June 23rd. Over 30 musical performers celebrated all genres. from Country to Rock, from Steel Drum to Jazz, and Bluegrass to Gospel. From our small communities came a wealth of music including Jack Rollins, who wrote “Frosty the Snowman” and “Smokey the Bear” and Don Redman, an early 20th century Jazz great.
We discuss three events, and offer three audio files below for your listening pleasure. Chairperson Ramona Hanlin talks about Relay for Life, the signature fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society. Retired teacher and local musician Jim Roderick discusses the life and music of Piedmont native and jazz innovator Don Redman. “Camp fire singer” Champ Zumbrun shares his passion for the songs of Keyser’s own Jack Rollins. Both Jack Rollins and Don Redman are members of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
Listen to Mountain Streams Magazine Discussing MINCO Music Heritage Festival
Jim Broome-Thunder Hill
The Thunder Hill Singers (later Thunder Hill) entertained audiences in Mineral County and far beyond from 1963 to 2011. Long-time local basketball coach was lead singer and spokesman for the group. This show features a conversation with Jim Broome, along with examples of Thunder Hill’s music.
Listen to Interview with, and music from Jim Broome Thunder Hill
Joe & Donna Winebrenner
Joe Winebrenner has played bluegrass and country music in the area since the 1950s, first as Gene & Joe & the Valley Troubadours and later as Highland Grass. His wife Donna joined the band in the 1990s. This show features conversation with Joe and Donna Winebrenner, along with examples of their music.
Listen to Interview with, and music from Joe and Donna Winebrenner